Synth & Eurorack Parts / DIY

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Potentiometer - Alpha, Linear, Solid Shaft, PC Lead, 16mm
Alpha Mini Pots with solid shaft and short PC mount terminals.
  • Threading: M7 x 0.75
  • Distance between terminals: 5 mm (0.197”)
  • Lead Depth from Panel: 3.8 mm (0.150”)
  • Lead Distance from shaft center: 12.5 mm + 3.5 mm (0.492” + 0.138”)
  • Lead Thickness: 0.5 mm (0.020”)
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Transistor - MPSA14, Darlington, 500mA, 30V, NPN
MPSA14 NPN Darlington transistor (TO-92 package) - designed for high gain, low noise general purpose amplifier applications.
  • Max collector to emitter voltage = 30 V
  • Max collector to base voltage = 30 V
  • Max emitter to base voltage = 10 V
  • Max collector current = 0.5 A (continuous)
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Switch - Carling, Mini Toggle, SPDT, 2 Position, Solder Lugs, Short Bat
Carling, SPDT mini toggle, 2 positions, ¼" mounting hole diameter, 0.354" bushing length.
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Banana Jack - Johnson Cinch, For 4mm Plugs, Panel Mount
Colors Available:
High quality banana jacks with tinned brass contacts and strong nylon housings. These jacks come in a wide variety of colors and work well with any 4mm banana plug. Cinch Johnson banana jacks are used in test equipment, audio equipment, as well as modular synthesizers such as DIY Buchla, Serge, and others. Features:
  • Formed brass contacts
  • Bright tin finish
  • Durable nylon 6/6 body
  • Nickel plated nut
  • 0.010Ω maximum contact resistance
  • Keyed mounting with two flatted sides
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Transistor - 2N404, Germanium, TO-5 case, PNP
2N404 PNP germanium transistors. The 2N404 is used in many fuzz pedals along with other effects. This transistor is in a TO-5 package with long leads commonly found on germanium transistors. For a higher voltage version of this transistor, see P-Q2N404A.
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Power Jack - DC Panel Mount, 5.5mm External, 2.1mm Internal
Colors Available:
½" panel mount with solder lugs. Round plastic with normally closed switch. For barrel plugs with a 5.5mm external diameter and 2.1mm internal diameter.
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Transistor - BC184, General Purpose, TO-92 case, NPN
The BC184 is a general purpose NPN transistor in a TO-92 case. The BC184 is commonly used in fuzz pedals and has a reputation as a warm sounding silicon transistor for fuzz. BC184 was used in various Colorsound pedals - Jumbo Tone Bender, Supa Tone Bender, Power Boost, etc. It was also used in the Schaller Fuzz, and has been used in fuzz pedals from well-known builders such as Skreddy Pedals, D*A*M, and Stu Castledine.
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Potentiometer - Alpha, Reverse Audio, 9mm, Right Angle, 25KΩ
Reverse audio taper (antilog), right angle, Alpha pots with a 6.35mm shaft diameter. These 9mm pots are poplar in DIY guitar pedals, synthesizers, and other projects. Mounting nut and washer included.
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Op-Amp - LF347, Quad, Wide Bandwidth, 14-Pin DIP
LF347 quad op amp in a 14-pin DIP package. The LF347 is a low cost, high speed quad JFET input operational amplifier with an internally trimmed input offset voltage ( BI-FET II™ technology). The device requires a low supply current and yet maintains a large gain bandwidth product and a fast slew rate. In addition, well matched high voltage JFET input devices provide very low input bias and offset currents. The LF347 is pin compatible with the standard LM348. This feature allows designers to immediately upgrade the overall performance of existing LF348 and LM324 designs. The LF347 may be used in applications such as high speed integrators, fast D/A converters, sample-and-hold circuits and many other circuits requiring low input offset voltage, low input bias current, high input impedance, high slew rate and wide bandwidth.
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Diode - 1N270, Germanium, DO-7
1N60 point-contact germanium diodes in a DO-7 package. 1N60 diodes were used in many vintage electronics and also make for great clipping diodes in stompbox effects pedals. The MXR® Distortion+ uses the 1N270
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Transformer - Lehle, Audio, Line-Bridging, Unbalanced to Balanced
The LEHLE TRANSFORMER MZ is the ideal component to avoid hum loops without degrading the sound. It achieves this through galvanic isolation of low to mid impedance audio signal sources. It can be used as an input or output transformer, for balanced or unbalanced signals.
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PCB - SMD to Thru-Hole Adapter, SSOP-16 to DIP-16
Package of 5
PCB for converting SMD SSOP-16 packages to through hole DIP-16 footprints. Solder the device to this PCB then attach pin headers (sold seperately) to connect to through hole footprints on PCBs, breadboards and IC sockets.
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Switch - Carling, Mini Toggle, SPDT, 3 Position, Solder Lugs, Short Bat
Carling, SPDT mini toggle with short actuator, 3 positions, ¼" mounting hole diameter, 0.354" bushing length.
  • 0.354" bushing length
  • 3-Position On/Off/On
  • ¼" mounting hole diameter
  • Single pole/Double throw (SPDT)
  • Solder lugs
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Integrated Circuit - AS3360, Dual VCA, Alfa, 14-Pin Dip
The AS3360 is Alfa’s version of the CEM3360 IC. The AS3360 is a dual general purpose voltage controlled transconductor intended for such applications as voltage controlled amplifiers, filters, and waveform generators. Each transconductor independently provides both linear and exponential control scaling over greater than a 100 dB range. Complete with virtual ground summing inputs, wide voltage compliance current outputs, and control inputs referenced to ground, the AS3360 requires exceptionally few external components and is extremely easy to use. Because of its inherent ultra-low control feedthrough, no trimming is required.
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Op-Amp - NJM4558, Dual high-gain, 8-Pin DIP
Dual Operational Amplifier. The NJM4558 (JRC4558) integrated circuit is a dual high-gain operational amplifier internally compensated and constructed on a single silicon chip using an advanced epitaxial process. Combining the features of the NJM741 with the close parameter matching and tracking of a dual device on a monolithic chip results in unique performance characteristics. Excellent channel separation allows the use of the dual device in single NJM741 operational amplifier applications providing density. It is especially well suited for applications in differential-in, differential-out as well as in potentiometric amplifiers and where gain and phase matched channels are mandatory. Features:
  • Operating Voltage (±4V~±18V)
  • High Voltage Gain (100dB typ.)
  • High Input Resistance (5MΩ typ.)
  • Bipolar Technology
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Screws - Befaco, Knurlies, Eurorack, M3
Befaco Knurlies are unique screws designed specifically for Eurorack. These M3 screws can be secured by hand, all common screwdrivers and Allen keys. These are great for saving time when rearranging your synth. Each Knurlie comes with a fitted plastic washer to prevent rack rash. Sold individually.
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LED - 5mm, Water Clear, High Brightness, Package of 5
Package of 5
Colors Available:
High brightness 5mm LED. Great for use in pedal and amp builds as well as other applications where a bold, bright, indicator is needed. Multiple colors available.
  • 5mm size
  • Water clear
  • High brightness
  • Multiple colors available
  • Package of 5
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Potentiometer - Alpha, Audio, Solid Shaft, 16mm, Dual, 100kΩ
100kΩ dual-gang 16mm potentiometers with a solid shaft and an audio taper. These pots have solder lug terminals. The smaller size is useful for builds with limited panel space such as guitar pedals, synthesizer modules, and adding modifications to equipment. Washer and nut included.
  • Threading: M7 x 0.75
  • Distance between terminals: 5 mm (0.197”)
  • Bushing Length: 6.5mm (0.256")
  • Shaft Diameter: 6.35mm ( 0.250")
  • Taper: Audio (Log)
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Integrated Circuit - SSI2164, Quad VCA, Sound Semiconductor
The FatKeys™ SSI2164 is perhaps the most flexible VCA available, with four independent channels for lowest cost-per-VCA. The user-selectable mode control allows Class A, AB, or intermediate biasing, and current inputs and outputs provide great design freedom. Ideal for voltage-controlled filters. The SSI2164 is a versatile VCA building block for high-performance audio applications. Four independent channels provide voltage control of current-mode inputs and outputs for a gain range from +20dB to –100dB, with control provided by a ground-referenced –33mV/dB constant. The SSI2164 will directly retrofit existing SSM/V2164 positions while offering improvements that include significantly lower overall distortion, on-chip protection against asymmetrical power failure, and a substantial increase of input current handling. The device offers considerable flexibility for a wide range of design goals and applications.
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Power Jack - Lumberg, DC Panel Mount, 5.5mm External, 2.1mm Internal
Lumberg panel mount barrel jack with solder lugs.This DC jack features a normally closed switch on the ring (sleeve) connection. For use with barrel plugs with a 5.5mm external diameter and 2.1mm internal diameter. Mounting nut included.
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Op-Amp - OPA134, Single, High Performance Audio, 8-Pin DIP
OPA134 single op amp in an 8-pin DIP package. The OPA134 series are ultra-low distortion, low-noise operational amplifiers fully specified for audio applications. A true FET input stage is incorporated to provide superior sound quality and speed for exceptional audio performance. This, in combination with high output drive capability and excellent DC performance, allows for use in a wide variety of demanding applications. In addition, the OPA134 has a wide output swing, to within 1 V of the rails, allowing increased headroom and making it ideal for use in any audio circuit. The OPA134 SoundPlus™ audio operational amplifiers are easy to use and free from phase-inversion and the overload problems often found in common FET-input operational amplifiers. They can be operated from ±2.5-V to ±18-V power supplies.
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Transistor - JFET N-Ch Transistor Lo Freq / Lo Noise, PF5102
PF5102 N-Channel Switch (TO-92 package) - designed for low level analog switching, sample and hold circuits and chopper stabilized amplifiers.
  • Max drain to gate voltage = 40 V
  • Max gate to source voltage = -40 V
  • Max forward gate current = 50 m
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Op-Amp - AS301AN, Alfa, Single, 8-Pin DIP
The AS301AN is Alfa’s version of the LM301A in an 8 pin DIP package. The AS301A is a general purpose operational amplifier. This amplifier offers many features which make its application nearly foolproof: overload protection on the input and output, no latch-up when the common mode range is exceeded, and freedom from oscillations and compensation with a single 30 pF capacitor. It has advantages over internally compensated amplifiers in that the frequency compensation can be tailored to the particular application. For example, in low frequency circuits it can be overcompensated for increased stability margin. Or the compensation can be optimized to give more than a factor of ten improvements in high frequency performance for most applications. In addition, the device provides better accuracy and lower noise in high impedance circuitry.
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Nut - Wide Dress Nut, Threaded Through, For Mini Toggle Switches
Threaded through wide dress nuts for use with mini toggle switches. This wide based nut is not capped allowing the nut to thread past the top of the switch’s bushing. The uncapped top can be useful where internal depth is an issue such as parallel PCB mounting. These plated dress nuts feature a wide chamfered edge for a professional and unique look. These work on any 1/4-40 UNS threaded bushing. Two sides are flatted for use with a tool when fastening.
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